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With the world’s oldest mountains, a rich musical heritage, one of the largest centers of handmade craft in the country, and a 10,000-year-old living Cherokee heritage, it’s no wonder Western North Carolina is deemed a National Heritage Area.

Invest in the natural and cultural treasures of Western North Carolina today, because your support is needed now more than ever.

Our mission at Blue Ridge National Heritage Area (BRNHA) is to protect, preserve, interpret, and develop the unique natural, historical and cultural resources of 25 Western North Carolina counties for the benefit of present and future generations. We exist to sustain our heritage and stimulate improved economic opportunity in the region.
With the support of partners like you, we achieve this mission through:

  • Grants–BRNHA has awarded 173 grants in the past 15 years totaling over $2.3 million and leveraging another $5.6 million in matching contributions from local governments and the private sector. This has resulted in a $7.9 million investment for projects in all 25 counties of Western North Carolina.
  • Cultural Trails– We preserve and promote our traditional music and craft assets through the Blue Ridge Music Trails and the Blue Ridge Craft Trails. These programs are attracting new visitors, communities, stimulating small-town economies and supporting artists and organizations that keep our traditions alive.
  • Education – Working with partners, we offer young musicians an opportunity to learn from tradition-bearers through Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) programs and provide training to artists and cultural, conservation, and heritage leaders.
  • Economic Impact – BRNHA and its heritage tourism partners have contributed $2.39 billion to the Western North Carolina economy annually, generating $1.765 million in state and local taxes and supporting 30,000 jobs. (Economic and Community Impact of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area conducted by Primm Research and Magellan Strategy Group.)

Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
For more information about supporting the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, please contact Executive Director Angie Chandler at angie@blueridgeheritage.com or 828-298-5330, ext. 307.

Financial information about the BRNHA and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-814-5400. The license is not an endorsement by the State.